EIGHT most meaningless things in your life today, including the pursuit of pleasure

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the RIGHTS of all who are destitute. Speak out and judge fairly; defend the RIGHTS of the poor and needy.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the RIGHTS of all who are destitute. Speak out and judge fairly; defend the RIGHTS of the poor and needy photo credits; Crimson Tazvinzwa

I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with laughter and mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity. 

I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless.  “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?” 

 I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly—my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was good for people to do under the heavens during the few days of their lives.

I undertook great projects:

  • I built houses for myself
  • planted vineyards. 
  • I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. 
  • I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. 
  •  I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house.
  • I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me.  
  • I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. 
  • I acquired male and female singers, and a harem as well—the delights of a man’s heart.  

I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.

Clarke on laughter and mirth: “He tells the former to her face that she is mad; but as to the latter, he thinks her so much beneath his notice, that he only points at her, and instantly turns his back
Boer War Memorial Leicestershire, Leicester, UK. Clarke on laughter and mirth: “He tells the former to her face that she is mad; but as to the latter, he thinks her so much beneath his notice, that he only points at her, and instantly turns his back photo credit Crimson Tazvinzwa
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
    I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my labor,
    and this was the reward for all my toil.

Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.

I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the RIGHTS of all who are destitute. Speak out and judge fairly; defend the RIGHTS of the poor and needy photo credits; Crimson Tazvinzwa

Source: Ecclesiastes 2: 1 – 11

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